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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

vernal

\VUR-nl\ , adjective;
1.
Appearing or occurring in spring.
2.
Of or pertaining to spring.
3.
Appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike.
4.
Belonging to or characteristic of youth.
Quotes:
By and by a bird piped in the garden; the shriek of a swallow made itself heard from a distance; the vernal day was beginning to stir from the light…
-- William Dean Howells, A Foregone Conclusion
Where are you trampling vernal blooms?
-- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Origin:
Vernal stems from the Latin word vernus meaning "pertaining to spring." It is related to the word "verdant."
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